Thursday, 20 October 2011

Sound in Film

Leant different types of sounds used in film:
Diegetic sound: sound you hear form in the film world ( everyday sound cars etc.)
non-Diegetic: music added to the film ( voice over)
parallel sound: fits with the genre and runs along with on screen action
contrapuntal: doesn't link with the genre
sound bridge: adding to continuity through sound, by running sound

sound can include:( theme, tune, incidental music, sound effects, ambient sound, dialogue, voice over) 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Watched psycho today at film club, I had seen the shower clip from Hitchcock's film in 1960 and compared it to the remake from Gus Van Sant in1998, but not the whole thing so i was delighted to watch it at film club (1998).
The Setting:
Marion crane is fed up with the way her life is going. she has to her lover Sam in lunch break, they are unable to get married because Sam has given most of his money away so one Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer, seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town. tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the highway and pulls into Bates motel. the motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.

I think it was a good remake and i think the choose the right actor (Vince Vaughn) to play Norman, because he was very polite at the beginning to Marion so you don't think anything is going to happen, he is also very shifty about his mother and it not tell the end you found out the true about his mother. Furthermore there was a couple of continuity error.
  I decided to talk about the continuity about  the detective this falling down the stairs you can tell that there is a green screen behind him because it has no verisimilitude as the angle and mise-en-scéne behind stays the same but let he is falling down the stairs.In conclusion I think it is a good film because it not one of those film that you can sit back a relax you have to think about, how there is more to the story that lets off to start with.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Grammar of TV & film

Found a useful website on which it talks about  camera techniques and movement,editing techniques and use of sound. It also includes picture so you get a better understanding of what they are talking about:

Death proof trailer

This week we were asked to analysis a short clip and reflect upon the us of camera, mise-en-scéne and editing.Therefore i choose to analysis Death proof by Quentin Tarantino.
I started analysis from 1.27.

1.28:shot reverse shot is used to show the reaction of the victim as she is being thrown around in the car, this also shows how the driver is in charge of the situation.Furthermore to add to this the camera is hand held to see the amount of movement happening in the car similarly  this links to the mise-en-scéne because it is set out with the two character and the camera looking out the front of the car, this gives the viewer the effect that they are in the back of the car watching the whole insistent.
1.31-1.35: Quentin Tarantino has chosen to show the use of straight cuts but in sink with the shots of the camera that the man is holding, this makes it a smooth transition for one edit to the next. Furthermore voyeurism is used a long side close up shots of the targets faces to suggest that they are in danger therefore this is why the mise-en-scéne just includes their faces and a small faction of the sky behind .
1.55:The camera is mid shot from the right hand side of the car as if the viewer are standing looking in.This emphasises how the character is mental. From this point on there is a clear veiwing of graphic match, is illustrates the genre of the film horror and action.
  In conclusion this clip contains more then 60 edits in the minutes this is so the trailer shows a good illustration of what the film is going to be about and also to link with the genre. 

Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey published a theory called the 'male gaze' this is the idea that we all view media such as film with a males point of view.This is portrayed by the camera angles used to show the female body, for example the why the camera works it's way up the female body normal starting from the bottom at the females shoes then slowly moving up it normal stays on bum of the subject for a while then moves up the body. Suggesting the camera is viewing the subject how a man.This is where Laura Mulvey theory came from.

Preliminary storyboard

In order for us to film the preliminary task we made a storyboard this includes a drawing of how the mise-en-scéne will be set up, camera angles and a bet about the dialogue in these shots.